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Pilot reported engine trouble before crash in Glendale

May 21, 2012 |  9:11 pm

Plane crash in Glendale.The pilot of a small plane that crashed in a Glendale frontyard Monday night reported a rough-running engine and told air traffic controllers that he would try to make it to Van Nuys Airport, according to preliminary information from federal authorities.

The pilot, the only person on the aircraft, survived the crash and was taken to a hospital, Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department said. No other injuries were immediately reported.

The pilot of the Cessna 210 reported engine trouble as he flew near El Monte Airport, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Los Angeles.

Air traffic controllers lost radar and radio contact with the pilot about 8 p.m. when the plane was three miles southeast of Burbank, Gregor told The Times.

The plane crashed in the 1200 block of Glenwood Road, Lorenz said. The plane hit power lines and caused a blackout in the area.

News footage showed the twisted fuselage in the frontyard of a home. Pieces of wreckage were strewn on a street. Firefighters were treating a victim, believed to be the pilot, at the scene.


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Photo: Rescuers at the scene of Monday's plane crash. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5